Jennifer's Lyme Disease Fund, Can't Make It Alone

For: Jennifer Steidl
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Jennifer Steidl
Jennifer's Lyme Disease Fund, Can't Make It Alone (Jennifer Steidl)
of $10,000 goal
31% Complete
Raised by 13 donors

The Story

The time has come my dear friends and family that after many years of battling illness I am starting a personal fundraiser page.
This has been a bittersweet journey because alongside the years of sickness, pain, isolation, trials and everything that comes with chronic illness, there have also been blessings along the way and continual deeper revelations of my God who walks with me every step of the way.

It is with humbleness and humility that I am starting this much needed fund, a lifeline really that may end up being an answer to prayer. Where I am today is realizing how much I need help. I am still in treatment, seeing good doctors, getting  IV's every other week along with all my other therapies. I go through what I call "good cycles" and "bad cycles" which can each last weeks or months. In the bad cycles I am barely surviving and there is little left of me. On the good cycles I feel a bit like my real self again and I am able to see friends and get a taste of normal. I work part time, and I feel intense guilt over this and want to get healthy enough to do more. A short list of things I deal with daily are fatigue, chronic edema, digestive issues, pain, cognitive issues and other symptoms.... These ebb and flow depending on many factors. But in the mean time I literally cannot pay my bills and debt has mounted up. This should not bring me the stress, fear and tears that it does, but they do get the better of me. I am leaning on my heavenly Father and learn to do better all the time. But neither do I want to be like the man in the illustrative story who is sitting on the roof of his house as the flood waters come, asking God for deliverance and turning down the neighbors in boats who are able to help Him.
It is with this prayerful spirit that I am seeking help as the floodwaters threaten to overwhelm me and I know I do not have the strength to swim.

Short history:
Myself and my family have battled chronic illness for decades, and going into the full myriad of history would be overwhelming. Our family medical bills have run over 300,000. We have been dealing with mold biotoxic illness and Lyme, possible heavy metals and other things. My situation now is that I am approximately 3 1/2 years into comprehensive Chronic Lyme treatment. I am including in this not only treatment for the Lyme (Borellia) itself but all the co-infections, hormonal disruptions, toxins, biotoxic mold illness, POTS, MTHFR, increased intestinal permeability....and other challenges of putting Dumpty together again. I guess the bottom line is when the dominoes start falling all over due to a long-term illness there are lots of pieces to put back together. I am blessedly in good hands but the battle goes on.

Links for info:
A Guide To Understanding The Struggle

Why Aren't You Better Yet? The Pressure To Heal

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 14, 2018

Posted on June 14, 2018

Friends, I have not posted my fundraiser for a long time.

I’m doing so today not for myself but for my sister. She has just gotten back from New Mexico after spending a week in treatment with a specialist. Firstly she needs prayers as her body is struggling and her liver is not doing well. But also if I may humbly ask for financial help for her as she is in need of nutritional IV’s and liver support and at this time our family’s funds are exhausted.

We continue to trust God in this process

Posted on November 4, 2017

Posted on November 4, 2017

Hello friends, it's been a little while since I've posted an update. Things have been a little rough since Spring, most recently I returned from CDA Idaho for a recheck from my primary Lyme doctor.
Since being back I am experiencing the usual die off from treatment, plus I started a prescribed liver cleanse and a chelation for mercury in my kidneys (left kidney function has been down to 40% contributing to the edema).

Anyhoo I am also finally facing another challenge I've been putting off for years.... how the plates, screws and other past oral surgeries are contributing to my autoimmune issues. I've been told by several doctors I would have to face this sooner or later. 

I Had a remote consult with a Lyme and autoimmune oral surgeon/biological dentist in Switzerland and he feels I need some major oral surgery.

He is THE father of biological dentistry for Lyme patients and who Yolanda Hadid went to see.

In any case, going to Switzerland for treatment is probably not in the cards, so finding someone local who is able to do this kind of work would be the option. Oh and 14,000 'ish. Could use a lot of prayer for provision. 

As always expenses continue, and any support makes a huge difference.
God continues to be good. 

Posted on August 26, 2017

Posted on August 26, 2017

Hello good friends, today I just wanted to post an update asking for specific prayer;

The last several weeks I have been struggling with feeling very out of touch and weird in my brain. I have also been extra fatigued and irritable and emotional.
It's very hard to explain what "not feeling quite right in your head" is like, but it is very uncomfortable.
I could use prayer for this and also some wisdom as to what's causing it. I am suspecting that one of my medications for Mast Cell overreaction could be contributing, but I'm also on a new medication to detox metals and another to kill Candida. 

The struggles continue but Jesus is near. in prayer today the Holy Spirit popped this verse in my mind: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Thank you ❤️

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